Mogadishu: American Traitor's Terror Group Al Shabaab Kill 65 With VBIED
A bomb blast outside a government compound in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, has killed at least 70 people and left many others wounded, in one of the country's deadliest ever suicide attacks, officials and witnesses said.Al-Shabab, the armed anti-government group, claimed Tuesday's blast, which came as the rebels launched attacks in the country's west and south.An al-Shabab official who spoke to the AFP news agency on condition of anonymity said one of the group's fighters had carried out the attack."One of our mujahideen made the sacrifice to kill TFG [Transitional Federal Government] officials, the African Union troops and other informers who were in the compound," said the al-Shabab official.The blast occurred when a truck blew up after coming to a halt at a security checkpoint at the entrance to the Ministry of Education, said Ali Hussein, a police officer in the Somali capital. After the thunderous blast, blackened corpses were sprawled on the debris-strewn street amid burning vehicles and uniformed soldiers dragged the wounded from the scene.Mohamed Sheikh Nor, a Somali journalist, told Al Jazeera that several "ministers were coming out of the building just seconds after the explosion""It was the worst attack I have ever witnessed," he said.Scores woundedAli Muse, the chief of Mogadishu's ambulance service, told The Associated Press news agency that at least 70 people had died and at least 42 others were wounded."The explosion has not only affected the targeted place, but even passers-by and car passengers died there. The death toll may increase and we are still carrying many dead bodies,'' he said.Ali Abdullahi, a nurse at Medina hospital, said medics were treating people with horrific wounds, including amputated limbs, burns, and patients who became blinded."It is the most awful tragedy I have ever seen," he said. "Imagine dozens are being brought here minute by minute. Most of the wounded people are unconscious and others have their faces blackened by smoke and heat."African Union and government troops deployed heavily to the area and cordoned it off.
Suldan Sarah, the communications director for the Somali president, told Al Jazeera that the majority of the victims were students who were waiting to hear if they had won a scholarship."To do a cowardly act like that does not mean you are a force to be reckoned with," he said. "It just means you can commit a mass murder using a suicide bomber. This is not the sign of strength, but rather a cowardly act."He said the explosion happened outside the checkpoint at the complex of ministries, of which the Ministry of Education is a part. "The security services are working around the clock, and are working within their capabilities, and as such have foiled a number of attempts over the past month [of other attacks]," Sarah said.If the death toll is confirmed, Tuesday's attack would be the deadliest carried out by al-Shabab since multiple bombings in the Ugandan capital Kampala killed at least 76 people in July 2010.